Challenge Tracking 2014

10 Books Released by Black Women in 2013 You Should Read

Who Asked You? / Terry McMillan

Claire of the Sea Light / Edwidge Danticat

The Awesome Girl’s Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men / Ernessa T. Carter

Mom & Me & Mom / Maya Angelou

Men We Reaped / Jesmyn Ward

Ghana Must Go / Taiye Selasi

Supplying Salt and Light / Lorna Goodison


2014 Dive Into Poetry Challenge COMPLETED

The World Is Round / Nikky Finney

The Book of Goodbyes / Jillian Weise

The World Will Follow Joy / Alice Walker

These Are Not Sweet Girls / Marjorie Agosin, ed.

What We Ask of Flesh / Remica L. Bingham

Poems, Protest and a Dream / Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Head Off and Split / Nikki Finney

Word Warriors / Alix Olson, ed.



100 Books by Black Women Everyone Must Read

Ugly Ways / Tina McElroy Ansa

Bitch is the New Black / Helena Andrews

Those Bones Are Not My Child / Toni Cade Bambara

Black Feminist Thought / Patricia Hill Collins

Words of Fire / Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Sister Outsider / Audre Lorde

Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted / Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

32 Candles / Ernessa T. Carter

Breath, Eyes, Memory / Edwidge Danticat

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky / Heidi W. Durrow

The Black Notebooks / Toi Derricotte

The Untelling / Tayari Jones

Sister Citizen / Melissa Harris-Perry

Plum Bun / Jessie Redmon Fauset

When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost / Joan Morgan

A Belle in Brooklyn / Demetria Lucas

Killing the Black Body  / Dorothy Roberts

Sisters in the Wilderness / Delores S. Williams

Daddy Was A Number Runner / Louise Meriwether

Color Blind / Precious Williams

When and Where I Enter / Paula Giddings

Feminism is for Everybody / bell hooks

Wench / Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Our Black Year / Maggie Anderson

Half of a Yellow Sun / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Parable of the Sower / Octavia Butler

The Broke Diaries / Angela Nissel

The Other Side of Paradise / Staceyanne Chin

The New Jim Crow / Michelle Alexander

Kindred / Octavia Butler

The Collected Poems of Nikki Giovanni / Nikki Giovanni

Their Eyes Were Watching God / Zora Neale Hurston

Brown Girl in the Ring / Nalo Hopkinson

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie / Ayana Mathis

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name / Audre Lorde

Dust Tracks on a Road / Zora Neale Hurston

homegirls & handgrenades / Sonia Sanchez

Push / Sapphire

Coming of Age in Mississippi / Anne Moody



Top Ten List of Transgender Books (chosen by Helen Boyd)

Gender Outlaw / Kate Bornstein

Transgender Warriors / Leslie Feinberg



LAF’s Crowdsourced Summer Reading List

Life is Elsewhere / Milan Kundera

Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand / Samuel R. Delany

Tigana / Guy Gavriel Kay

Chronicle of a Death Foretold / Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Accelerando / Charles Stross

Death and Resurrection / R.A. MacAvoy

Southern Cross the Dog / Bill Cheng

Terrorist / John Updike

The Giant’s House / Elizabeth McCracken

Vurt / Jeff Noon

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore / Robin Sloan

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister / Gregory Maguire

Madness, Rack, and Honey / Mary Ruefle

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots / Deborah Feldman

My Real Children / Jo Walton

Hyperion / Dan Simmons

Behind Closed Doors / Susan R. Sloan

Horse of a Different Color / Howard Waldrop

Paladin of Souls / Lois McMaster Bujold

Never Cry Wolf / Farley Mowat

The Last Witchhunter / James Morrow

The Rules of Inheritance / Claire Bidwell Smith

The Lions of Al-Rassan / Guy Gavriel Kay

The Lions of Lucerne / Brad Thor

White is for Witching / Helen Oyeyemi

How to Communicate / Matthew McKay, Martha Davis, et. al.




For Science

A Fistful of Lentils / Jennifer Abadi

Mango & Mint / Nicky Garratt

The Residue Years / Mitchell S. Jackson

Starting at Zero: His Own Story / Jimi Hendrix

Sister Betty Says I Do / Pat G’orge-Walker

Sunset Baby / Dominique Morriseau

Happiness, Like Water / Chinelo Okparanta

Kansas City Lightning / Stanley Crouch

The Daylight Gate / Jeanette Winterson

Queen Sugar / Natalie Baszile

The Holiday Inn / Phyllis Bourne Williams, et. al.

Holiday Brides / Jewel Amethyst, et. al.

Topdog Underdog / Suzan-Lori Parks

Sex Workers Unite / Melinda Chateauvert

Loving Lord Ash / Sally MacKenzie

Bloodchild / Octavia Butler

One of Us / Alice Domurat Dreger

Panic / Lauren Oliver

Dangerous Women / George R. R. Martin, ed.

Blue is the Warmest Color / Julie Maroh

Saga, vol. I / Brian K. Vaughan

Who Fears Death / Nnedi Okorafor

Hark! A Vagrant / Kate Beaton

The Hard Way on Purpose / David Giffels

I Remember You / Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities / John D’Emilio

Bark / Lorrie Moore

Astonish Me / Maggie Shipstead

Poor Little Dead Girls / Lizzie Friend

Show Your Work! / Austin Kleon

The Word Exchange / Alena Graedon

The Impossible Knife of Memory / Laurie Halse Anderson

Crash Into Me / Albert Borris

Nobody Passes / Mattilda, ed.

My Amish Boyfriend / Melody Carlson

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 / Francine Prose

Mannequin Girl  / Ellen Litman

100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s /Jean Carper

Hard Choices / Edward St. Aubyn

The Lies of Locke Lamora / Scott Lynch

The Orenda / Joseph Boyden

Slave Girls / D.L. King

Tomorrow and Tomorrow / Thomas Sweterlitsch

Firewall / DiAnn Mills

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain / Adrianne Harun

The Escape / Mary Balogh

Harper’s Bazaar Fashion / Lisa Armstrong

The Little Black Book of Style / Nina Garcia

The Fortune Hunter / Daisy Goodwin

The Plague / Alfred Camus

The White Van / Patrick Hoffman

Good Living With Osteoarthritis / The Arthritis Foundation

Lock In / John Scalzi

One Kick / Chelsea Cain

The Good Suicides / Antonio Hill

Oh Gad! Joanne C. Hillhouse

Tomboy / Liz Prince

Stone Mattress / Margaret Atwood

Goodnight June / Sarah Jio

Jackaby / William Ritter

Cop Town / Karin Slaughter

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher / Hilary Mantel

Wake Up Everybody / Jihad

The Happiest People in the World / Brock Clarke

Pandemic / Yvonne Ventresca

Shoplifter / Michael Cho

Atlantia / Ally Condie

You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think / Wes Moss

Angels’ Blood / Nalini Singh

The Winter Solstice / John Matthews

How to Communicate / Matthew McKay, Martha Davis, et. al.

When Santa Was a Shaman / Tony van Renterghem

Gossamer Axe / Gael Baudino

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